Kenny Neal

Friday 30 March 2018

Swamp Blues - soul

Born in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge, swamp-blues multi-instrumentalist Kenny Neal started playing music at a very young age. He learned the basics from his father, Blues harmonica master Raful Neal, whose pals included Buddy Guy and Slim Harpo. Since his debut album Bio on the Bayou (1987), Neal has released one album after another and picked up numerous awards.

With his gritty Louisiana roots mixed with a sophisticated Chicago/Memphis soul approach, Neal is considered one of the strongest modern proponents of Baton Rouge swamp blues. His sizzling guitar work, sturdy harp, and gravelly, aged-beyond-his-years vocals served him well. His 2016 release, Bloodline, was nominated for a 2017 Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album and also picked up two Blues Music Awards for Best Contemporary Blues Male Artist and Best Contemporary Blues Album.